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Opinion

Anti-lynching law protects everyone


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Feb. 08, 2019 - 9:14 AM

When the Senate approved bipartisan legislation for the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, it was passed with a unanimous vote.

Recently the Liberty Counsel has expressed that it takes issue with the passage of the federal civil rights Justice for Victims of Lynching Act. The Liberty Counsel opposes this bill because of the inclusion of the LGBTQ community.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has deemed the Liberty Counsel as a hate group that opposes rights for gays, lesbians and transgender people. The anti-lynching bill was passed to protect all people from mob lynchings.

If there was ever a moral issue this is it. We cannot seek to protect the general population from lynching and injustice and then on the other hand give just cause to lynch someone based on their sexual orientation.

The Senate Bill reports, “if two or more persons, in any circumstance… willfully cause bodily injury (including death) to any other person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability shall be imprisoned.” Those who offend the anti-lynching law would be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty.

Let us remember the words of Dr. King: “our lives begin to end the day we are silent about things that matter.” Don’t allow hate to blind you.

It’s a new day. Serve humanity, be civically engaged, seek justice and help someone along the way.

Harry Gatewood

Newnan